One month to go!!! If you’ve been preparing for Christmas a little bit at a time all year it won’t seem so overwhelming — just 5 things a month! But even if you haven’t done anything until now you can still have a relaxing Christmas holiday season. Start here.
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5 Things to do in November to get Ready for Christmas
ONE: Finish All DIY Gifts
I start planning handmade gifts in July or earlier! But if I don’t have them done by December 1 I set them aside. There is way too much going on after that and I’d rather spend my time with friends and family than stressing myself out by trying to finish projects. I can raid my stash of gifts that I bought and stored through the year or give a gift card.
It may be too late to start a few large projects like sewing, knitting, or crochet but here are some ideas for easy DIY gifts that don’t take much time.
I’ve already got four dozen cookies in my freezer. Baking them now saves me a lot of time when I get ready to put together our Christmas cookie plates for neighbors and coworkers. If you don’t want to freeze baked cookies you can at least get them mixed up and freeze the dough.
Here are a few recipes and tips that will help you get started.
- How to Freeze Baked Cookies
- How to Freeze Cookie Dough
- King’s Cringles – Cookie Recipe
- 3 Last Minute Easy Cookie Recipes
- Spritz Cookie Recipe
THREE: Address Christmas Cards & Take Family Photo
If you haven’t already, take a family photo when everyone is together at Thanksgiving. You’ll have plenty of time to make prints or put together a photo card on Shutterfly or Tiny Prints if you didn’t buy Christmas cards on clearance last year.
FOUR: Set Up a Wrapping Station
Hopefully you hit the clearance sales after last Christmas so you won’t need to purchase much. Pull out your supplies and keep them together in an easy to reach area. Make a list of wrapping supplies to purchase.
I will leave this up to you whether to decorate before or after Thanksgiving. There are at least three viewpoints.
- No Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving.
- Christmas starts November 1.
- Decorate everything but the tree, saving the tree for everyone to decorate on Thanksgiving weekend.
I’ve always been very strict about not decorating before. But last year we decorated the second week of November because our daughter was moving out of the country. We wanted to be able to decorate the tree with our grandson. And I’ll have to admit, it was the most relaxing holiday season we’ve ever had. Hmmmm…. very tempting. Leave a comment and let me know if you decorate in November.
Even if you decide not to decorate anything in November you can still pull out the decorations and make a list of what you need to buy for this year.
Other Things You Can Do for Christmas in November
- Buy leftover Halloween candy on November 1st. Use in stockings or for Christmas baking.
- Make, buy, and prepare for the Advent calendar.
- Purchase holiday outfits.
- Plan holiday meals.
- Make travel plans.
- Buy gifts.
Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to let me know when you decorate… and sign up for my 12 Days of Christmas email series in the box below.
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim
Originally published Nov 16, 2016.